Wine of the Week #1527: n/v Bollinger Champagne “Special Cuvee”

[ n/v Bollinger Champagne “Special Cuvee” ]

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[ Why We Love It: ]

Bollinger Champagnes are legendary. The name and reputation of this prestigious brand of Champagnes transcends its category and implies a sense of luxury and indulgence virtually incomparable in the world of wine. To accomplish this positioning as a Champagne – a category of wines already a step above the ordinary – is remarkable and is the product of more than its predisposition to pairing alongside the world’s most decadent foods, or its consumption by elegant and discerning Champagne lovers around the globe. Bollinger’s place as a sparkling icon within the sea of Champagne is neither happenstance nor is it a product of outside validation.

Bollinger Champagnes have reached this apex because they have always done the little things right; to lead is to realize that simply meeting appellation requirements isn’t enough, and that’s why the wines of Bollinger consistently and dramatically exceed the minimum requirements for things like duration of aging before their release to market, or the percentage of grapes sourced from scarce 1er Cru and Grand Cru vineyard sites. Opening a bottle of Champagne usually takes place around a celebration or moment of joy – and moments like these deserve a wine that is without compromise; precisely the kind of fine Champagnes Bollinger has crafted for more than 180 years.

[ Recipes & Food Pairings: ]

Scallops w/ Leeks + Caviar Butter Sauce – RECIPE

Salad of Smoked Trout, Grilled Zucchini + Hazelnuts – RECIPE

Parmesan + Lemon Risotto – RECIPE

[ Price: ]

BOTTLE: $79.95

CASE: $439.70


[ Technical Specs: ]

ALCOHOL: 12.5%


Case Pack: 6 x 750mL

GRAPES: 60% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay + 15% Pinot Meunier

CLOSURE: Natural Cork



DOSAGE: 8-9 g/L

[ Tasting Notes: ]

“Like a fine tapestry, this weaves rich flavors of blackberry tart, lemon parfait, graphite and toasted almond together on the creamy palate. Finely honed acidity creates a vibrant thread throughout.”

93 / 100 Points

Alison Napjus /

“The classic Bollinger nonvintage is, as always, rich and firmly structured. With the roundness that comes from aging the wines in wood before blending, it has a ripe, smooth edge. Underneath, the texture is solid, with hints of apple and pear and mature acidity.”

92 / 100 Points

Rogers Voss /

Wine of the Week #1527: n/v Bollinger Champagne “Special Cuvee”

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#Champagne #Sparkling Wine #Bollinger #France


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